Video and AV News


Dual leadership at AV Stumpfl

Friday, 26 May 2017

Austria - Fabian Stumpfl joins his brother Tobias Stumpfl in his new position as CEO at the Austrian AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl.
Prior to his new role in the family owned company, Fabian Stumpfl was responsible for HR and strategic planning.
AV Stumpfl CEO Tobias Stumpfl explains their work relationship: “We work really well as a team, not only when it comes to company business, but also when flying gliders, which is a passion we both share. During some of our glider trips we spend more than 12 hours together. Whether in the sky or in the office, in order to reach our goals we have to constantly take decisions and adjust our strategy to new developments. That kind of joint decision making only works when you can completely trust one another.”
Towards the end of 2016, AV Stumpfl founder Reinhold Stumpfl handed over the management of the family owned company to his eldest son Tobias. The Austrian company is an internationally successful AV technology manufacturer, with an export quota of more than 90%.
Fabian Stumpfl comments: “Together with our team, we will continue to push the boundaries of what is technologically possible. Growing our international distributor network is another high priority for us.”
(Jim Evans)


Content is king for Hawthorn at D&AD Awards

Friday, 26 May 2017

UK - Billed as the creative industries party of the year, the 55th D&AD Professional Awards Ceremony took place at Troxy, London on 27 April 2017, with creative technical event production expert Hawthorn providing full technical production.
Since 1962, D&AD have been inspiring a community of creative thinkers by celebrating the finest in design and advertising. With the D&AD Pencil recognised globally as the ultimate creative accolade, the pressure is always on to create an event that challenges convention and leaves a lasting impression on guests and award winners alike.
Working in partnership with brand experience agency SomeBrightSpark, Hawthorn devised a production design that utilized and celebrated the iconic nature of both the venue, and the pencil.
To keep the winning work at the heart of the event, the team created a ‘digital’ set using LED video panels. The 12m wide by 3m high main show screen was built using panels of high resolution Absen 3.9mm LED with a 12m by 2m 10mm GLUX wall staggered behind this. To really frame the stage, two further GLUX LED ‘banners’ were also constructed on each side of the stage. Using Hawthorn’s new to stock d3 4x4 media server, the GLUX panels displayed different sections of content pulled from the main show screen, creating a unique, abstract aesthetic.

To create movement and an element of ‘theatre’, the 3.9mm panels were rigged using Kinesys. This allowed Hawthorn to make full use of the unique space within Troxy, dropping the LED wall to reveal a high rise hidden per


Christie LED welcomes Barbican visitors

Friday, 26 May 2017

UK - Christie Direct View LED has been installed above the Barbican’s Silk Street entrance, welcoming thousands of visitors to the Centre each day and providing a clear and bright identity to the Barbican’s main entrance that can be seen from afar. The ‘Day One’ content is a welcome message set against a skyline of London. The skyline is – appropriately - as seen from the top of Cromwell Tower in the Barbican Estate and the Barbican in-house marketing team will be creating future bespoke content themselves.
Sir Nicholas Kenyon, managing director of the Barbican said: “We’re thrilled with the new addition to our Silk Street entrance. Christie’s screens create a bright, dynamic welcome for our audiences and we look forward to creating imaginative, vibrant content to greet and inform our visitors.”
“The Barbican is an absolutely iconic venue and also a listed building,” said James Belso, senior sales manager, Christie. “However, the team wanted to give the Silk Street entrance much more identity to guide visitors and grab people’s attention. Direct LED technology was pretty much the only practical solution to cope with the high ambient daylight and long runtimes.
“The install provided some challenges – for example as a listed building, no major changes could be made to the building without the necessary planning permission, which the Barbican were granted by the City of London.”
The seamless strip of 28 tiles (in a 14x2 letter-box strip) needed to be seen from the outside, yet be fixed inside behind several glass p


Anna Valley expands 4K AV inventory with Barco

Friday, 26 May 2017

UK - AV company, Anna Valley reports that the company is significantly expanding its existing 4K AV rental offering with the purchase of a number of new products.
Recent acquisitions include the Barco Event Master E2, S3-4K, EC-50 and Ex screen management systems, 4k@60Hz display port 1.2a cards and a variety of LG 4K displays ranging from 55 to 98 inches in size. A further order for 4K fibre distribution systems, scalers and processors is in place for later in the year.
“Our clients rely on Anna Valley to provide the best technology and technical support to deliver their creative vision,” said Anna Valley director, Nick Hart. “We’re investing in the leading 4K audio visual products to ensure that we can continue meeting - and exceeding - those expectations.”
The Barco E2 screen management system is the first screen management system that can manage a 4K projector blend with refresh rates up to 60Hz, providing video professionals with “unparalleled image quality and the flexibility to create amazing displays”.
“Anna Valley’s capital investment in new technology has kept them at the forefront of the video supply industry,” said Bluedog Production director, Ben O’Shea. “Our clients are regularly looking to push the envelope on what’s been done before and increasing screen quality allows producers to create some truly stunning live event environments. For us to have a partner who is committed to investing not only in screens, but in control and back-end technology, particularly around 4k, is just another reason why we


Hawthorn returns to Adobe Summit EMEA 2017

Thursday, 25 May 2017

UK - Attracting over 5,500 attendees, Europe’s largest digital marketing conference, the Adobe Summit EMEA 2017 returned once again to ICC ExCeL London. Creative technical event production expert, Hawthorn was once again chosen by Taylor Bennett Partners to deliver the full technical design and production for the two-day event.
Focused on the future of digital marketing, delegates from Europe, the Middle East and Africa gathered to soak up tips and insights from the Adobe Marketing Cloud and its partners. Led by group creative director Pete Harding, Hawthorn was tasked to bring Taylor Bennett’s impressive vision to life, delivering the technical production for the main conference plenary, exhibition space, break-out rooms and the muchly-anticipated Summit Celebration.
In the Community Pavilion, a six-metre long, five-metre wide and three-metre high tunnel constructed from 3.9mm LED panels guided attendees from registration through to the Social Area.
Realising an idea by Russell Bennett, Partner at Taylor Bennett Partners, Hawthorn and 80-Six created an interactive LED ceiling that stretched throughout the Community Pavilion. Made up of 1017 panels of Roe MC7 LED, the team devised a custom rigging solution to allow the panels to be flown face down.
This year’s plenary stage played host to a number of big names, including actor Colin Firth and former Premier League and England footballer Frank Lampard. With major brands including T-Mobile, BMW Group and The Coca-Cola Company sharing how they are firmly at the forefront of digital marketi


Beware of the shark in Park Royal

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UK - Curry and a beer as a social concept has much to recommend itself. Easy, fast, tasty, and satisfying; what could you possibly add that would make it better? Well, how about a couple of life size shark holograms? Liz Berry of Hologramica is gaining quite a reputation for juxtaposing reality with illusion. For Avolites’ founder director, Steve Warren the opportunity was irresistible.
“We do a couple of these a year in the demo room at our London HQ in Park Royal. The ‘Avolites and Robe Designers’ Curry Club’ is an open house for people working in video and lighting live events.
“Yes, people come to the curry night knowing it will have an element of product presentation, but we also make the effort to promote the evenings as a networking event; it’s more than just a sales pitch. Tim Meadowcroft, one of the LD’s who attended this one said to me before coming “You’re always telling me ‘come on down, you never know you might get work out of it’ so I’m coming”. Sure enough, Tim called me the day after to say he’d picked up some work at Light Initiative on the back of it.”
As it turned out the second of Berry’s shark holograms was an on the hoof adaption of what she had originally intended. “It was only a couple of days before, that I discovered the main warehouse had skylights. The illusion wasn’t going to look very good with daylight flooding through the roof so it was a bit of a nightmare until I spotted an office with a window overlooking the party space.
“The flexibility of our new 3D Holonet meant t


Protec wins at the Middle East Event Awards

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UAE - Approaching the end of a very busy season in the Middle East, there was one more important event that the events industry in the region would be looking forward to – MEEA17.
Protec’s persistent desire to continually innovate and provide new and creative ways of using technology, was underlined yet again by the award the company received at the Middle East Event Awards 2017 for Best use of Event Technology - Product for the use of robotics across multiple event disciplines at the Expo’s associated awards event for the second year in succession – cementing its status as an unrivalled industry leader in the region when it comes to innovations and creative delivery of staging and technical solutions.
Before the company had time to digest this win, Protec was called on to receive its second award of the night for Best Event Video Solution for the prestigious Dubai Canal Opening Ceremony.
It wasn’t long before Protec’s wins went to number three with the award for Best Temporary Venue or Structure for the IDEX 2017 Opening Ceremony.
Stephen Lakin, founder and CEO of the company said: “Allow me to first congratulate all the winners this year. For us however, it’s not about winning awards but being able to raise the bar of creativity and delivery with consistency and reliability. We are humbled by the awards we have won though and would like to thank our clients for their continued faith in our abilities.”
(Jim Evans)


The Design Museum appoints Blitz|GES

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UK - Blitz|GES has secured a multi-year deal with event venue, the Design Museum. Blitz|GES was awarded a preferred supplier contract, placing it on the museum’s accredited production list.
The museum hosts a range of events each year, from conferences and awards nights, to major brand activations and product launches. Blitz|GES has worked with the venue since its move from Shad Thames to Kensington in late 2016, and will continue to deliver full AV and technical event production services to its clients.
Livia Puggini, head of events at the Design Museum commented: “I am delighted to continue our relationship with the team at Blitz|GES over the next three years. I’m looking forward to working alongside them to provide exceptional service to our clients.”
Graham Pope, group commercial director at Blitz|GES added: “We are proud to have been appointed a preferred supplier for such a prestigious venue and are excited to be working with the Design Museum to continue to deliver innovative technical production solutions.”
(Jim Evans)


Green Hippo captures the Snow Fairy

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Finland - Finish singing sensation Saara Aalto – aka the Snow Fairy – played a sold-out homecoming gig at Helsinki’s Hartwall arena and Green Hippo technology ensured a great view for all. Saara, who shot to fame in the UK through her runner’s up spot in 2016’s X Factor, is a firm favourite in Finland, having appeared in Finland’s Got Talent 2007 and The Voice of Finland in 2012.
Bright Finland, the Finland and Scandinavia-based experience provider, was at the helm for Saara’s 360° screen show employing a Green Hippo Hippotizer Boreal to control six iMAG screens. The Hippotizer Boreal was running Notch – the all-in-one, real-time graphics workhorse – enabling the Bright Finland team to create, simulate, composite, edit, and play, there and then, in the moment. The set-up also used Green Hippo’s compact and powerful 1U Media Server, the Amba.
Hippotizer’s seamless operation with Notch was key here. Four cameras with operators, plus two robocams grabbed the raw material, and the Bright Finland team edited on-going blocks via the network in the studio, resulting in a smooth workflow. Not to mention stunning visuals, for all to see.
The Helsinki crowd was clearly impressed, as was the Bright Finland team. Mikko Linnavouri of Bright Finland said: “Notch is a great extension for Hippotizer: we can create custom effects, which give us new possibilities for making graphics for our shows. The implementation is great.”
(Jim Evans)


PRG launches new technology on U2 tour

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

USA - Production Resource Group (PRG) reports that a new product innovation along with the application of an industry-first technology solution – SPACEFRAME and a 4K Broadcast Camera System – have been integrated into the design, production and operations for the U2 Joshua Tree Tour 2017.
Both solutions demonstrate PRG’s dedication to innovating products that anticipate the needs of tour managers, designers and artists seeking to push boundaries and deliver a more immersive concert experience onsite or virtually.
“SPACEFRAME and the 4K Broadcast Camera System perfectly demonstrate how PRG excels at seeing an opportunity for innovation that will add operational, economic and creative value from a customer’s perspective, allowing artists to more freely tell their story,” said Steve Greenberg, PRG’s CEO of global music/TV/film.
SPACEFRAME is a touring frame design seamlessly integrating LED panels to provide operational efficiencies and the opportunity for creative expression. The carbon fibre touring frame is ultra-lightweight, collapsible and fully wind braced creating an intensive built-in structural strength. This allows for a free-form approach to stage designs enabling artists and designers to think outside the conventional LED box.
“The quality and resolution of LED products have vastly improved over the last decade, but the frames have basically stayed the same. At PRG Projects, we saw an opportunity to innovate the way in which LED walls were assembled and transported, to rethink the construction of the frame and how it


AV Stumpfl appoints Canadian distributor

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Canada - AV Stumpfl, the Austrian AV technology manufacturer has announced Theatrixx as their exclusive media server and show control distributor for Canada.
The Montreal based company distributes and manufactures technical equipment for the performing arts industry. Theatrixx Technologies also designs custom equipment that offers solutions for video, lighting, audio, power and cabling challenges.
AV Stumpfl CEO Fabian Stumpfl comments: “Coming from a country with a lot of mountains ourselves, we have always had a soft spot for Canada and its majestic landscapes. However, it was obviously not just the beauty of this country that made us look for a direct distribution partner, it was the vibrancy of the Canadian creative scene. Canadian companies are among the best in the whole world when it comes to finding innovative ways for using media server and show control solutions to create unique experiences.
“Theatrixx has a dedicated team of experienced and highly enthusiastic individuals with a deep understanding of AV technology solutions. We are confident that our media servers and related products will soon become much more well known in Canada, thanks to Jacques and his team.”
Theatrixx president Jacques Tessier adds: “AV Stumpfl is a staple of quality and innovation. From the projection screens to the media server line, each of their products breathes passion and forward thinking. My team and I were impressed by their new product range, going from small media players to the incredible RAW Engine, but more importantly we saw partners as


Christie strengthens global cinema team

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

USA - Christie has announced that industry veteran Brian Claypool has returned to the organisation to propel the company’s continued dominance in the cinema-technology field as VP, product management global cnema. He will report to Jennifer Smith, Christie’s executive vice president, global market solutions and engineering, and be based in Cypress, California.
The appointment of Claypool, effective immediately, sees his return to Christie to help direct the creation of advanced products and services that further support Christie’s legacy as the leading provider of advanced cinema exhibition technologies and solutions since 1929.
“Brian’s cinema pedigree is impeccable, since beginning in the industry as a projectionist in the 1980s and successive roles with Lucasfilm’s THX division, Avica Technology, Christie and Barco, Brian has an extensive history being immersed in the technology and business of cinema exhibition,” said Jennifer Smith.
Brian returns to Christie and southern California after serving seven years abroad, primarily focused on the development of advanced audio technologies for cinema.
(Jim Evans)


Colourblind’s Hippotizers serve The Logies

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Australia - The Australian TV industry’s biggest night, the 59th annual Logie Awards, were held at Melbourne’s Crown Palladium on Sunday 23 April 2017, broadcast live on the Nine Network.
Always a great opportunity for the broadcaster to show off its tech capabilities, visuals were spread across three huge screens onstage, a wrap-around screen surrounding the audience, and pixel mapped to onstage fixtures and LED chandeliers. Helming the mission-critical media server and console operation was Lynden Gare, director of Melbourne-based lighting and production company Colourblind, who relied on Green Hippo’s Hippotizer media servers to ensure that the show went exactly to plan.
Green Hippo is no stranger to the world’s biggest televised events, with their media servers used on The Eurovision Song Contest and The Academy Awards. At the heart of Lynden’s set-up for The Logies were two Hippotizer Karst servers, Green Hippo’s 2RU, three-out, tour-ready workhorse. The first server fed an image canvas 4884 pixels wide via SDI to stage to be displayed across three screens, and handled pixel mapping to a range of LED fixtures. The second Karst sent a 1920 pixel wide image to screens wrapping around the auditorium, and a 192x160 output to LED chandeliers.
Another server, provided by Australia and New Zealand Green Hippo distributor Lexair, was on hand as further back-up, an essential requirement for any live broadcast.
Terabytes of graphics packages were provided by the Nine Network, design agency Visual Playground, and the touring teams of mu


PRG XL Video supports Pete 'n' Keely

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

UK - Based on the book by James Hindman and with original music by Patrick Brady, Pete ‘n’ Keely is the story of a famous musical couple, now estranged, who are persuaded into doing a TV reunion.
The current production of Pete ‘n’ Keely at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre, produced by Wallflower Theatrical, and directed by Matthew Gould, includes a colourful glitzy set. Designed by Emily Bestow, it’s reminiscent of classic 60s American TV variety shows, featuring bright colours and a kitsch style.
Tasked with designing the lighting for the show, BRIT School alumni Mitchell Reeve explains how he became involved: “Matthew Gould and I have worked on a few productions together now. I first met him a year ago when I was asked to light I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road. As a lighting designer, it is vital to have a good relationship with the director, and to be able to know what they want without even asking. I hope to keep working with him on many more productions.”
In lighting the play, Mitchell also had to reflect the look of television lighting, even including lit signs for ‘ON AIR’ and an ‘APPLAUSE’ sign which illuminates periodically during the show and transforming the theatre audience into the fictional TV audience.
Initially Mitchell approached the design by listening to the music and referring to the script. He comments: “Pete ‘n’ Keely is meant to be a spectacle. The lighting has to be bold and full of colour. Once I got a sense of the feel of the show, I create


NEC Solutions Showcase comes to London

Friday, 12 May 2017

UK - NEC Display Solutions will open the doors of Victoria House, Holborn on 17-18 May to present fully-integrated, readily-deployable display solutions in collaboration with over 35 partners at the NEC Solutions Showcase 2017.
Addressing the needs of specific markets, the NEC Showcase presents the power of collaboration and partnership to perfectly meet the needs of its customers.
The Corporate Zone sees the trend towards multi-usage workspaces with huddle rooms, cloud-based working and live collaboration alongside solutions for employee outreach and motivation.
The Education Zone focuses on higher education with solutions for student-centred collaborative learning in the classroom and in the lecture theatre, alongside campus-wide IPTV signage and security.
Moving to the Transport Zone the emphasis is on innovative passenger communications at the airport, on the underground and at the bus stop, delivering entertainment and information to reduce passenger anxiety.
The centrepiece is the Command & Control Zone with an exceptional 36 screen video wall alongside LED, touch and new curved desktop displays for a truly commanding visual experience.
The Retail Zone includes four retail stores demonstrating innovative ways to engage the shopper with captivating interactive solutions supporting omni-channel campaigns.
This year’s Showcase will see a raft of new products and solutions from NEC with its Open Modular Intelligence platform featuring widely across many vertical sector zones in new V and P Series LFDs powered with em


Barco expands creative possibilities with LED

Friday, 12 May 2017

Europe - Barco has added a 7mm pixel pitch model to its range of 'digital media canvases' –LED screens that radically differ from traditional LED displays. The R-series provides more creative freedom, and greatly reduces setup time and cost thanks to their thin, lightweight and bendable design, says the company. Designed for retail, advertising, venues, and visitor attractions applications, the R-series frees customers from the limitations of traditional LED displays when digitising their visual communication.
"Venue owners, advertisers, and retailers are faced with the ever-challenging task of catching the attention of consumers and visitors. At the same time, they want to reduce installation time and cost. The R-series' unique design not only allows for cost-savings, it also frees designers from the limitations of traditional LED displays – so their message stands out in installations that were unimaginable before," comments Wim Buyens, senior VP entertainment at Barco.
"With the introduction of our R7 display, we now offer a wider choice in pixel pitches: customers can now choose from a 7 or 10 mm pixel pitch R-series display for their project."
R-series digital media canvas Installation and maintenance are key cost drivers for store façades, museums, theatres, houses of worship, stadiums, and corporate or event venues. Up to 75% lighter, the R-series is much easier and faster to install than traditional LED displays, which minimizes installation cost.
Offered in sheets up to 4.68m long and only 5mm thick (including louvers), the digi


PLASA Focus Leeds reveals exciting plans for 2018

Friday, 12 May 2017

UK - As the doors close on another year of PLASA Focus Leeds, enthusiasm from the industry proves that the show’s Focus formula remains a perfect fit. Providing the ideal platform for many UK debuts of new products, the show’s many networking opportunities and leading seminar programme combining expert-led sessions and hands-on training, make for a truly unmissable show.
Spread over two halls of the Royal Armouries, the showfloor was packed with hundreds of brands showcasing the latest audio, lighting, AV, broadcast, rigging and stage technology – including UK debuts from many of the industry’s major players.
New releases in audio included, Shure’s UK launch of the Axient Digital Wireless System; Martin Audio showed their Wavefront Precision Series - a new generation of multi-purpose line array; Bose introduced the ShowMatch DeltaQ Array loudspeaker for both rental and install; and Sound Technology, Harman UK distributor, showcased new products from Harman’s JBL Professional, Crown and Soundcraft, plus Harman’s Connected PA system.
New releases in lighting included, new additions to Chauvet’s professional moving range – the MK3 Wash and MK1 Spot; Robe’s new LEDBeam 150; the newly released VL6000 Beam from Philips Vari-Lite, designed specifically as the market leading mid-air effects fixture; and the latest lighting control software update from Avolites, Titan v10.1.
Johan Gunsing of Adam Hall Group comments: “For us, PLASA Focus Leeds allows us to meet existing and new customers and actually have time to talk. The


ChamSys MagicQ in control for Mastodon tour

Thursday, 11 May 2017

USA - Fans of Mastodon weren’t surprised when three of the band’s members appeared in an episode of Game of Thrones. Like the HBO hit, the music of this group reveals itself in lavishly detailed layers of fantasy that fire the imagination and leave easy categorisations smouldering by the wayside.
The complex Mastodon experience is on full display in the quartet’s 30-city North American Emperor of Sand tour, not just in the epochal music, but also in the highly evocative light and video show that Michael Howe created and controls with the new ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium and Magic HD media server.
The Emperor of Sand album takes listeners on a cosmic odyssey through time as it follows a man sentenced to death in a majestic but cruel desert. Howe’s design evokes rich imagery that reflects this musical narrative with seven 2’ wide by 14’ tall video tower monoliths, a collection of moving fixtures and pixel mapped battens. Adding to the visual impact of the show are custom content created expressly for the tour by the monomial artist Skinner, and animation/effects from the firm Hey Beautiful Jerk.
“My main goal is to have big looks build during the show along with the band’s set list,” said Howe. “I want the audience to have a visual experience that complements the audio experience of a live Mastodon show. The main challenge on this tour is finding the balance between lighting and video and putting it all together so the band can be seen. It’s easy to have interesting video in every song, but then I believe the


Community for Christ the Redeemer Church

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

USA - Built in the 1980’s, Christ the Redeemer Parish Church is a thriving part of the community in Atco, New Jersey. From more humble beginnings, when Deacon Charles “Chick” McAleer was part of the team that helped wire the original Church, the initial sound system used just six pendant style loudspeakers distributed down the sides of the congregation seating. Localisation, intelligibility and overall sound quality were lacking for today’s worship services, which can be attended by over 800 people. Music now also plays a much greater part in many services.
The Church found JD Sound & Video through an internet search and, after seeing the work they had done for other local churches and Catholic high schools, invited them for a consultation. JD Sound & Video designed a system using Community’s E Eries Entasys loudspeakers, having previously used them with great results. They also set up a demo to enable the choir director, priest and other parishioners to hear exactly what the system would sound like.
Fully satisfied by the demo, the installation proceeded. The columns that flanked the altar provided the perfect location for the Entasys loudspeakers to cover the entire church. On each column, JD Sound & Video installed a double stack of full-range ENT-FR for the congregation, with ENT212 for the choir and ENT206 for altar-fill. Additional low frequency reinforcement for music is provided by Community VLF208LV subwoofers at the base of each column.
Joe DiSabatino, president and lead design engineer of JD Sound & Video, comme


Avolites in control for Yes concerts

Thursday, 4 May 2017

UK - Yes featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman, a newly formed group of the progressive rock band's core members, played a well-received show at Manchester Apollo, captured by Eagle Rock Entertainment for DVD. As the filming required precise lighting levels, Jonathan Pask of Illuminate Lighting Ltd designed a reliable multi-user control system of networked Avolites consoles to ensure each look was on point for camera.
"As the show was filmed for release later this year, it needed to be both amazing for the live audience and for those at home," says Pask. "I've used Avolites since I started out as an LD and their consoles have never let me down. The multi-console set-up for Manchester allowed us to both run the show smoothly and provide real-time management of the light levels, so that the cameras could capture high-quality footage."
To power the show's classic rock and roll looks, Pask selected an Avolites Sapphire Touch. This was networked with an Avolites Tiger Touch II and compact Avolites Quartz console to create a multi-user work surface, which allowed for any crucial adjustments on the fly. The full lighting package was supplied by Leeds-based Zig Zag Lighting.
"Lighting operator Damian Courage used scale masters on the Tiger Touch II and Quartz to control the light levels on stage and call any colour adjustments to the followspots as per the requirements of the film director," continues Pask. "These were placed on the motorised faders above the touchscreens on the Sapphire Touch, which worked perfectly as I could see what changes were being


DWP LIVE invests in AV Stumpfl servers

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

USA - DWP LIVE has become the first US company to invest in AV Stumpfl® 8K RAW servers. Since its founding in 2007, the Nashville based company has established itself as a world-class video projection specialist, providing end-to-end event production solutions, including AV, lighting, technical direction, production management, scenic and environmental design, and venue coordination.
With their latest investment, DWP LIVE has once again underlined their status as a trend-setting early adopter.
AV Stumpfl 8K RAW servers are currently the only media servers capable of handling four simultaneous streams of uncompressed 4K content @60fps. The RAW servers are also able to handle 8K video files and can be used for 120fps playout scenarios or setups that require the ability to process a 12-bit colour depth.
DWP LIVE founder and president, Danny Whetstone explains the ever-growing importance of uncompressed video playback, “The strongest reason for insisting on uncompressed video is the ability to play back 100% of what the content creator envisioned. In today’s high resolution and large scale formats for both projection and LED, starting with the best content delivery stream allows for the exact reproduction of the story the content creator wants to tell. Being able to play 4 simultaneous uncompressed streams from one machine is unprecedented.”
In addition to purchasing the RAW servers, DWP LIVE is planning to deepen their relationship with the Austrian AV manufacturer as an officially listed Gold Partner.
"When it comes to working with


PRG XL Video supports Country to Country

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

UK - Since 2013, an array of country music’s biggest stars have been visiting the UK and Ireland as part of C2C: Country to Country, a festival of country music devised by AEG (The O2) and SJM Concerts in collaboration with the Country Music Association.
The show began at The O2 in London, and has since added shows in Glasgow and Dublin, as well as visiting Scandinavia in 2015 and 2016. Show and lighting designer, Mike Oates and his partner Ryan Hopkins have worked with the festival since it began. For the 2017 festival at The O2 they created a sophisticated design featuring shaped video screens, curved trusses, and a bright versatile lighting package.
Mike comments: “The design comes together after a series of meetings with Ross Hanley from SJM Concerts. Ross has ideas of what they would like to include in the design and look of the event, and we then go away and develop those ideas into several options.
“It’s great working with a client who wants to be actively involved in the design of look of the show. SJM want to offer the customers a fresh look every time. It’s so easy to do four straight trusses and a slab of LED upstage, but I think offering a unique look to a festival makes it more exciting for not just the audience but the incoming lighting designers and video directors.”
To form the basis of the design, PRG XL Video supplied both the house rigging at The O2 as well as the production rigging. Additionally, the company provided rigging in the main entrance foyer of the venue for two huge 15m drop banners. This was oversee


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